International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
There has been a growing movement within the LGBTQ+ community for them to be heard, legitimized and accepted as the wonderful and diverse human beings that they are. However, this struggle is not new.
These orientations are common across cultures and generations. Fear and inadequacy of their communities have made it difficult for them to be proud and feel equal.
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and Biphobia is an international day to raise awareness about the realities of LGBTQ+ communities and to promote understanding.
Even in countries that don’t criminalize or prosecute them, the world can be scary for members of the LGBTQ+ communities. Fear and misunderstanding of the LGBTQ+ community can lead to hate crimes and violence based on ignorance or bigotry. Individuals are murdered, marginalized and subject to the most severe treatment.
It is easy to see how awful it can be in countries like China, Russia and the Middle East, where people who are part this community are not only actively prosecuted but also denied basic human rights.
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia was created to bring people together, to show solidarity and work to address these issues and create social change.
This community works hard every day to achieve equality and freedom without borders.
Participating in the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is the best way to support the LGBTQ+ community. Find out as much as you can about their lives and the struggles they go through in terms of violence or bigotry and create a space for them to be heard and recognized in your own life.
Reach out to your family members who are part of this community. (Hint: Almost certainly). Let them know you care and you will be there for them.